Tall Opaline Vase Hand Painted with Flowers, France, circa 1840


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WHY WE LOVE IT: The flowers are naturalistically painted and wind around the vase, a pattern that was in vogue in France during the first half of the 19th century.

We are pleased to offer this opaline vase with beautiful hand painted flowers. The glass is hand blown, without seams, and is slightly translucent. The vase is decorated all around with beautiful roses, morning glory, lilies, and other flowers on the stem.
The vase is at its most beautiful when placed before the sun or an electric light.


12″ tall x 4.5″ diameter




Background of opaline glass:
Opaline is a decorative style of glass made in France from 1800-1890. All opaline glass is hand blown and has a rough or polished pontil on the bottom. There are no seams and no machine engraving. Opaline reached its peak of popularity during the reign of Napoleon III circa 1840-1850. Opaline glass is defined as semi-crystal. The glass is slightly translucent. The primary influences on this style of glass were 16th century Venetian milk glass, and English white glass produced in 18th century Bristol. The popularity of opaline glass began during the reign of Napoleon. Cities involved in the production included Le Creusot, Baccarat, Saint-Louis, and Reunion.

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